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KEAM:a safety concern for students


CNM Staff Reporter

Covid-19 situation in Kerala is not the same as the time of SSLC and Plus Two exams. Still,the Commissioner of  Entrance Examinations (CEE) is adamant to conduct the KEAM exam on July 16.
The CEE released KEAM Admit Cards amidst corona virus spread in Kerala has reached at the verge of social spread.

KEAM is the State level Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy Entrance Examination for which around 1 lakh  students are expected to appear this time.

Minister for Higher Education reiterates his stand to conduct the exam as per the schedule,ignoring parents’ concern.

The  state reported highest number of  positive cases on July 9.

339 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Thursday. Out of these, 133 contracted disease through local contacts.

There are a total of 6,534 COVID-19 positive cases in the state of which 2,795 are active cases,as per the government release.

The number of contact transmissions also recorded the highest in recent times.
The State is facing a great deal of panic as it rushes uncontrollably towards Social Spread of COVID 19. As all other entrance examinations got re -scheduled,the CEE is not willing to postpone the  KEAM from July 16 , which has examination centres throughout the state and selected places outside, causing panic among the students and parents.
KEAM is the State level Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy Entrance Examination for which around 1 lakh  students are expected to appear this time.

The students prepare for a year for the exam, Hence it will be difficult for any aspirant to skip the exam in the wake of this pandemic.

When these candidates  and their parents turn up to various centres across the state,it would be difficult
to maintain social distancing.Many students have to depend on public transportation at a time of untraceable origin of positive cases reported,widely.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)has been postponed to September from July,

The University examinations have been postponed to September by the UGC, and even International and foreign universities have delayed their schedules as a result of the pandemic. Even the CBSE Board examinations are cancelled at this condition, giving utmost importance to the health of the students.

Some state governments like Punjab, Telengana have cancelled their University and College examinations. Rajasthan also cancelled UG,PG examinations.
When the UGC’s decision to conduct final sem exam in September is being questioned on social media, Kerala is conducting one of its biggest entrance examinations amidst this crucial situation. This is creating anxiety amongst the students. Many political leaders took it on social medias like Twitter to postpone the exams, and instead they have released the Admit Cards alloting examination centres.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) had given facility to students to change their centres within the state and outside states to support students in the time of corona virus pandemic.

However, Kerala CEE has not given such facility to students except giving option to change their centres outside Kerala such as Delhi, Mumbai  and Dubai.

The CEE  gave a chance to candidates to either interchange these centres or can select centres inside Kerala.

In that notification,released on 23 June didn’t allow students to change their centres within Kerala.

Many students who studied in coaching centres were scattered in the pandemic and subsequent lock down at different parts of Kerala.

Many could not opt their hometown as centres as they opted cities where they stayed during their coaching classes.

Even these students came back to their homes after the lock down relaxation,their exam centres are still unchanged.So,they have to travel long distance to take the test.

Kerala has conducted all the state board examinations and even Calicut University examinations were conducted amidst the pandemic. But the situation is now more dangerous than ever and an examination having centres across the country makes it all the more difficult. This unchanged decision from the government, keeps the students anxious, as they hope for a change in the last few days.

Deputy Leader of Opposition Dr. M K Muneer sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala requesting to postpone the KEAM examination, highlighting the current condition of the State and the difficulty faced by the students living abroad in this condition of flight unavailability.

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